It sounds simple. You’re unexpectedly pregnant so you take the abortion pill and it’s over. But that isn’t how it happens. The abortion pill is a medication method of terminating a pregnancy. It isn’t one pill, however. It’s two drugs taken over a 24 to 48 hour period.
And yes, there are potential risks and side effects to using the abortion pill method. Only women who’ve been pregnant 10 weeks or less can have this type of abortion.
You owe it to yourself to be informed before you begin. If we don’t answer your questions here, be sure to contact us to review all of your options.
How Does The Abortion Pill Work?
When a woman gets pregnant, her body produces several hormones. One of those is progesterone. This hormone is necessary for a fertilized egg to attach (implant) in the uterus and grow.
The first drug you take in the abortion pill procedure is called mifepristone. This drug blocks progesterone from getting to the uterus, preventing the embryo from growing, and eventually terminating the pregnancy.
The second drug, misoprostol, causes contractions so your body will expel the pregnancy. Usually, the first drug is taken at a clinic or hospital, and the second drug is taken at home, requiring you to complete the abortion.
What Are The Side Effects Of The Abortion Pill
There are several side effects when using the abortion pill method. Most women feel nauseous and some even start vomiting. If you vomit before the first drug has time to be absorbed by your body, you may have to start over.
You can also experience a headache, fever, chills, and diarrhea. Because every woman’s body is unique, each will respond differently to the drugs.
What Are The Risks Of The Abortion Pill?
According to the Mayo Clinic, potential risks of the abortion pill include the following:
An Incomplete Abortion
Pregnancy is measured from the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP). Experts recommend using the abortion pill method only for up to 70 days (10 weeks) LMP. You have a greater chance of an incomplete abortion the closer you get to those 70 days. Do you have a good idea of when you got pregnant? Ivy Women’s Center can help determine the date with an ultrasound at no cost to you.
Heavy and prolonged bleeding
It will be heavier than a normal period and can last for a long time. If you’re passing blood clots larger than a golf ball, soaking more than two large sanitary pads in an hour, or bleeding for 12 hours in a row, it’s time to head to the ER.
Common signs of infection include muscle aches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and fever. However, infection is still possible without a fever. Talk to a medical professional right away if you suspect infection. It can cause serious health complications if left untreated.
You Have Options
One of our client advocates will be happy to sit down with you and discuss medication abortion further. You can also discuss your other options, including surgical abortion, making an adoption plan, or even parenting.
Let Ivy Women’s Center be a safe place to discuss your situation and future. We’re here to help you, not judge you. Schedule your appointment today.